back at the Summer of 2007, what will we remember? After all, the
Summer officially ends this Friday, September 21st. For some of
you, this Summer was the Summer to Forget. While others found it to be
somewhat enjoyable. As far as surf goes, it never did get big enough for
most of us. Still, I had some fun days throughout the small to medium
the Hurricane Season is far from over. But it does seem that most
of the storms appear to be heading in the Gulf region. There is Ingrid
out there in the Mid-Atlantic and she could finally produce
something of significance. Expected to turn into a Tropical Storm
later today, Ingrid could be our first shot at some size. And that
my friends is welcome news for all Surfers here in New England.
But how about this past summer?
I've had friends tell me that there was 'no surf ' this
summer. Well, you can't really say that, now can you. You could say, that
the surf was small most of the summer, but you can't say there was no
surf. I know this, because I surfed, and I shot both stills and video.
Typically, I will look back at some of the footage I shot throughout the
summer, and will almost always be surprised at some the days I captured
on video. Unless, I am tripping, and I am seeing someone else's footage,
the tale of the tape is pretty accurate.
While hardly the best Summer of all time, it was pretty consistent. Look,
we've suffered through summers in the past that were so flat, that some
of you took up Golf. I personally, will look back at the Summer of 2007
and reflect kindly on it. Not the SUMMER of 05, nor the best summer
of all, (in my opinion) the SUMMER of 95. But a fun and warm (water
temp) summer surf season.
Some of my memorable days:Surfing with my daughter Gabby. The days of
the local ESA contests. Some early evening sessions. Some truly
fun longboarding sessions and a handful of other days. It was in a word
alas my hardcore friends...it is time for some serious surf. Those of
you who passed on surfing the small stuff all summer, and worked all summer
long saving up those vacation days may have paid off. We could have a
late Indian Summer season and early Fall season that could rival
all of the others. This could be that year.
It feels like something's going to happen.
I have a gut feeling. And my gut, is telling me to get ready. That this
could be a memorable Fall. And wouldn't that be great. Hell yes it would.
Who among us true New England Locals doesn't love the Fall season?
I mean come on. This is OUR season. Late summer Hurricanes coupled with
early Fall Nor'easters. It's the perfect marriage of seasonal weather
The Call of The Fall.
to everyone who emailed me about last week's 9-11 column. And an
extra special thank you to all who made the effort to come out that night
to the GWOT 9-11 Memorial Service at Post 35 in Hampton.
I saw quite a few local Surfers in the crowd of around 500. I mentioned
last week that there is a surfer on that monument. Dan Healy was
a US NAVY SEAL. He loved surfing. He's from Exeter and he was KIA
on June 28-2005 in Afghanistan.
surfer from New England. September 11, 2001. All of our
lives changed that day. But none more than those who lost loved ones on
that day. Or the families, who have since lost loved ones since that day.
Our world has changed.
Thank you for taking the time (in the rain) to pay tribute to the 31
names on that Monument.
What a wacky week it was for our beloved New England PATRIOTS.
The "Videogate" story was everywhere. A story that just
won't go away. It's like the end of the world for some people. I mean,
is this really that important? Is it as important as the Michael Vick
story? or the Rodney Harrison story? Depends on who you talk to.
There are those who hate the Patriots and Belichick, so
this story is ripe for the picking. But to question every game and superbowl
prior? Because of this? In my opinion is absurd. I know the NFL
rules state, that NO video taping is allowed in the NFL. But what
do they call doing during the week watching game tapes? And during the
games with Binoculars? What is that? I think it's just the downside of
being a number one team. Everyone wants to knock you down. It's almost
like we're the dam Yankees.
Speaking of which. How about them RED SOX now? That was quite the
butt spanking last night. 10 to 1. It almost made up for blowing that
7-2 lead the night before. Almost. These are great days for all New
The Red Sox heading for the post season and the Patriots
looking unbeatable (despite the video shenanigans).
Now if we could just get some surf to make it the Ultimate Perfect Season.
your pick tonight. Patriots vs Chargers or the Sox Vs the Yankees.
You can't lose with either one.
In the upcoming weeks we'll be posting info on the GARY RITCHIE
Fundraiser. *Gary is doing better and thanks all of you for your positive
thoughts and prayers.
This Saturday night is your chance to see some of the most beautiful
traditional Hawaiian songs and music by the World Famous MAKAHA
SONS on Saturday September 22nd at the Thomas Meehan Performance
Center in Stratham, NH at 7PM Tix are $25 and $30
or Call (603) 205-0784 or go to www.makahasons.com
See Poster below.
Landon Miller Fund through ANY Citizen Bank. Or send your
Landon Miller Foundation
83 South Road
North Hampton, NH 03862
to see Danny Tribute or see Danny Surfing
Tribute to Danny. North By
my friends...Surfing heals all wounds....
Pray for Surf. Pray for Peace. Surf For Fun.